Cal Crushes 200 Free Relay NCAA, American Records; Weitzeil Splits 20.49

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The California Golden Bears crushed the 200 free relay NCAA, American and US Open Records on Thursday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The team of Maddie Murphy (21.82), Katie McLaughlin (21.37), Amy Bilquist (20.87) and Abbey Weitzeil (20.49) swam a 1:24.55 to take almost a full second off the 1:25.43 record that Stanford set last year.

Weitzeil’s split was the second fastest split ever as Simone Manuel was a 20.45 last year on the end of Stanford’s 200 medley relay. Cal won the race by almost two full seconds as Michigan (1:26.25) and Stanford (1:26.50) finished in second and third.

It was a very tight battle the front half with NC State leading the way as the Wolfpack ended up in fifth place at 1:26.73. Louisville out-touched them for fourth at 1:26.71.

Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil (21.57), Catie DeLoof (21.59), Siobhan Haughey (21.44) and Daria Pyshnenko (21.65) finished in second as the Wolverines got the night started in a big, big way, moving up from fifth to second.

Stanford’s team was rather excited after freshman Anya Goeders (21.66) touched the wall in third for the Cardinal. Taylor Ruck (21.73), Lauren Pitzer (21.66) and Amalie Fackenthal (21.45) swam on the youngest relay in the top eight. Pitzer, a sophomore, is the oldest on the relay as the other three are all freshmen.

The quickest splits outside the top three came from Louisville’s Mallory Comerford (21.00), Tennessee’s Erika Brown (21.35), NC State’s Kylee Alons (21.37) and Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff (21.55).

Cal now six NCAA titles in the 200 free relay. The 2019 team joins the teams from 2000, 11, 15-17 as NCAA Champions in the event.

 Event 2  Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         NCAA: I 1:25.43  15-Mar-18 Stanford
                          J. Hu, S. Manuel, L. Pitzer, A. Howe
         Meet: M 1:25.43  15-Mar-18 Stanford
                          J Hu, S Manuel, L Pitzer, A Howe
     American: A 1:25.43  15-Mar-18 Stanford
                          J. Hu, S. Manuel, L. Pitzer, A. Howe
      US Open: O 1:25.43  15-Mar-18 Stanford
                          J. Hu, S. Manuel, L. Pitzer, A. Howe
         Pool: P 1:26.84  29-Nov-18 Texas
                          G Ariola, J Cook, A Diener, C Adams
                 1:28.61  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 1:29.36  CONS NCAA B Standard
    School                        Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                                === A - Final ===                                 
 
  1 California                    1:26.25    1:24.55I        40  
     1) Maddie Murphy JR              2) r:0.26 Katie McLaughlin SR   
     3) r:0.14 Amy Bilquist SR        4) r:0.25 Abbey Weitzeil JR     
    r:+0.63  10.45        21.82 (21.82)
          31.98 (10.16)       43.19 (21.37)
           52.97 (9.78)     1:04.06 (20.87)
         1:13.66 (9.60)     1:24.55 (20.49)
  2 Michigan                      1:26.92    1:26.25P        34  
     1) Maggie MacNeil FR             2) r:0.28 Catie DeLoof SR       
     3) r:0.40 Siobhan Haughey SR     4) r:0.21 Daria Pyshnenko SO    
    r:+0.67  10.57        21.57 (21.57)
          31.76 (10.19)       43.16 (21.59)
          53.43 (10.27)     1:04.60 (21.44)
        1:14.79 (10.19)     1:26.25 (21.65)
  3 Stanford                      1:26.91    1:26.50P        32  
     1) Taylor Ruck FR                2) r:0.24 Lauren Pitzer SO      
     3) r:0.24 Amalie Fackenthal FR   4) r:0.24 Anya Goeders FR       
    r:+0.67  10.62        21.73 (21.73)
          31.99 (10.26)       43.39 (21.66)
          53.59 (10.20)     1:04.84 (21.45)
        1:15.06 (10.22)     1:26.50 (21.66)
  4 Louisville                    1:26.72    1:26.71P        30  
     1) Lainey Visscher JR            2) r:0.25 Mallory Comerford SR  
     3) r:0.14 Avery Braunecker JR    4) r:0.20 Casey Fanz JR         
    r:+0.63  10.75        22.27 (22.27)
           32.20 (9.93)       43.27 (21.00)
          53.39 (10.12)     1:05.07 (21.80)
        1:15.21 (10.14)     1:26.71 (21.64)
  5 NC State                      1:27.12    1:26.73P        28  
     1) Ky-lee Perry JR               2) r:0.23 Kylee Alons FR        
     3) r:0.18 Sirena Rowe SO         4) r:0.14 Elise Haan SR         
    r:+0.65  10.46        21.62 (21.62)
          31.82 (10.20)       42.99 (21.37)
          53.18 (10.19)     1:04.72 (21.73)
        1:15.26 (10.54)     1:26.73 (22.01)
  6 Tennessee                     1:26.89    1:27.31         26  
     1) Erika Brown JR                2) r:0.20 Stanzi Moseley JR     
     3) r:0.37 Bailey Grinter SO      4) r:0.40 Madeline Banic SR     
    r:+0.68  10.34        21.35 (21.35)
          31.84 (10.49)       43.61 (22.26)
          53.92 (10.31)     1:05.49 (21.88)
        1:15.81 (10.32)     1:27.31 (21.82)
  7 Auburn                        1:27.40    1:27.56         24  
     1) Claire Fisch JR               2) r:0.21 Aly Tetzloff SR       
     3) r:0.37 Julie Meynen JR        4) r:0.21 Robyn Clevenger JR    
    r:+0.70  10.63        22.02 (22.02)
          32.11 (10.09)       43.57 (21.55)
          54.03 (10.46)     1:05.49 (21.92)
        1:15.89 (10.40)     1:27.56 (22.07)
  8 Texas                         1:27.33    1:27.72         22  
     1) Grace Ariola FR               2) r:0.20 Julia Cook FR         
     3) r:0.25 Anelise Diener SR      4) r:0.19 Claire Adams JR       
    r:+0.63  10.57        22.10 (22.10)
          32.30 (10.20)       43.75 (21.65)
          54.20 (10.45)     1:05.99 (22.24)
        1:16.09 (10.10)     1:27.72 (21.73)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 2                      
 
  1. California                         74   2. Stanford                           72
  3. Michigan                           64   4. Louisville                         56
  5. Texas                              50   5. Southern Cali                      50
  7. Auburn                             28   7. NC State                           28
  9. Texas A&M                          27  10. Tennessee                          26
 11. Wisconsin                          24  12. Ohio St                            18
 12. Virginia                           18  14. Georgia                            17
 15. Arizona                            16  16. Kentucky                           14
 16. Missouri                           14  18. Arizona St                         10
 18. Duke                               10  20. Minnesota                           2
 20. UNC                                 2

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    • Amy Hays

      Here in Austin cheering them on. Bears had a great night last night 👍😊💙

  2. Susan L. Lansbury

    Abby W.’s on fire!!!! hope she carried it to 2020 Trials and Games!!!!

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